Selectors

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1 Introduction

For the Find Widget Child Node action or as part of a script for the Execute JavaScript Integer, Execute JavaScript String, and Execute JavaScript WebElement actions, you must use selectors to get a node or WebElement.

ATS supports both JQuery and CSS3 selectors. ATS also has its own selectors. The following summary will give you a short overview of the most used selectors in ATS.

2 ATS Selectors

The custom ATS selectors work the same as CSS3 selectors in your custom actions:

Pattern Name Meaning
:clickable Clickable pseudo-class Selects a user interface element whose CSS visibility property is set to visible.
:containsExact(text) ContainsExact pseudo-class Selects a element whose inner HTML is exactly equal to the given text (not case sensitive).
:containsExactCase(text) ContainsExactCase pseudo-class Selects a element whose inner HTML is exactly equal to the given text (case sensitive).
:containsRegex(regex) ContainsRegex pseudo-class Selects a element whose inner HTML matches the given regex.
:containsText(text) ContainsText pseudo-class Selects a element whose inner text value is equal to the given text. Can only be used on text, CDATA, and element nodes.
:val(text) Value pseudo-class Selects an input, select, or text area whose value is equal to the given text.

3 CSS Selectors

You can use any CSS Selector defined in CSS3 and supported by your browser. The following table shows some of the commonly used CSS3 selectors in ATS:

Pattern Name Meaning
.myClass Class Selector Selects every element with the class myClass.
#myID ID Selector Selects every element with the ID myID.
E[foo=“bar”] Attribute Selector Selects every element E whose foo attribute value is equal to bar.
:nth-child(n) Nth-child pseudo-class Selects the n-th child of its parent.
:first-child First-Child pseudo-class Selects the first child of its parent.
:last-child Last-Child pseudo-class Selects the lastchild of its parent.
:checked Checked pseudo-class Selects a user interface element which is checked.
E > F Child Combinator Selects an F element child of an E element.

For more information, see W3C CSS3 Selectors Reference.

4 JQuery Selectors

JQuery uses CSS3 selectors and extends the collection of selectors with its own ones. You can use all these selectors in your ATS actions.

If you use JQuery selectors in the Find Widget Child Node action, you must NOT use the jQuery(...) or $(...) function. Only use simple selectors, without quotations.

In the Execute JavaScript action, you must use the jQuery(...) or $(...) function to select a WebElement or node.

The following table shows a few selectors from the JQuery set that you can use in ATS:

Pattern Name Meaning
:animated Animated Selector Selects all the elements that are in the progress of an animation at the time the selector is run.
:checkbox Checkbox Selector Selects all the elements of the check box type.
:input Input Selector Selects all the inputs, text area, select, and button elements.
:has(selector) Has Selector Selects elements that contain at least one element that matches the specified selector.
:parent Parent Selector Select all the elements that have at least one child node (either an element or text).
:text Text Selector Selects all the input elements of the type text.

For more information, see JQuery Selectors Reference.